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    Sale 2818

    European Noble and Private Collections

    31 March - 1 April 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 182

    A Russian cloisonné enamel, silver and silver-gilt mounted travelling triptych icon

    MARK OF OLOVIANISHNIKOV FIRM, MOSCOW, 1908-1917

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    A Russian cloisonné enamel, silver and silver-gilt mounted travelling triptych icon
    Mark of Olovianishnikov Firm, Moscow, 1908-1917
    Of clipped arch form, the cover with gilt filigree-scroll Greek cross over the doors, opening to reveal an icon of 'Saint Ermogen Patriarch of Moscow', flanked by Archangels Michael and Gabriel, painted on olive green grounds within deep blue cloisonné enamel scroll borders with green rosettes, the reverse engraved with the Slavonic prayer 'Strengthened the Dominion of our Tsars and delivered our land from impiety', marked on lower rims and enamel borders
    8.2 cm. high


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    Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia (1895-1970) was the only daughter of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna. She was also the only niece of Tsar Nicholas II, and the wife of Prince Felix Iusupov, one of the men who murdered Grigori Rasputin in 1916.

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    Provenance

    Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918).
    Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928).
    Grand Duchess Xenia Aleksandrovna (1875-1960).
    Princess Irina Aleksandrovna Iusupova, Countess Sumarokova-Elston (1895-1970) and thence by descent.
    Christie's New York, 19 October 2001, lot 104.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Imperial Family of Russia
    (lots 179-183)